Evaluation Framework and Scoring Criteria

IPMA Project Excellence Baseline® (PEB)

The IPMA Project Excellence Baseline® (PEB) was introduced in 2016 as an updated version of the model that has been in place since the launch of the IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards in 2002. It provides guidance to organizations to assess the ability of their projects and programs to achieve excellence. It is based on Total Quality Management and related models such as EFQM and identifies three areas: People & Purpose, Processes & Resources and Project Results.

It is the framework applied by IPMA and its members associations to assess global and national Project Excellence Awards.

The People & Purpose area defines criteria that are considered the foundation of project excellence. The right people, led and supported by excellent leaders, all sharing a common vision for success, are crucial to drive project improvements and help the project to run and go beyond established standards.

The Processes & Resources criteria represent practices necessary to reinforce excellence through sound processes and adequate resources used in an efficient and sustainable way.

The Project Results area defines excellence as the project management approach and its effects in terms of outstanding, sustainable results for all key stakeholders. This area complements the first two areas with necessary proof of excellent results as defined by the project stakeholders.

PEB is a generic model and can be applied in any organizational context. It is not related to application of any specific methods, methodologies, tools or any specific sector (like ICT or investment or government or research).  

The standard describes how excellence in People & Purpose, Processes & Resources, and Project Results can be measured, aligned, and assessed. Journey to project and program management success should continue with the assessment.

Close interaction between People & Purpose, Processes & Resources, and Project Results achieves value and sustainability.

Assessment Criteria and Scores

The excellence in project management for the IPMA Nepal PE Award is assessed and scored as per the following criteria with a maximum of 1,200 points:

  • A: Sustainable value delivery: 350 point
  • B: Areas of Project Excellence: 450 points 

          Foundation for Excellence                           

          Reinforcement for Excellence                     

          Proof of Excellence  

  • C: Two Issues or Challenges: 200 points
  • D: Two Lessons Learnt: 200 points

A: Sustainable value delivery | Maximum points: 7 x 50 = 350, Half page for 1 sub-criteria

Describe how the project management ensured sustainable benefits in terms of:

          A.1       Performance

          A.2       Effectiveness

          A.3       Efficiency

          A.4       Reliability

          A.5       Flexibility

          A.6       Continuous improvement

          A.7       Scalability

B1: Foundation for Excellence | Maximum points: 3 x 50 = 150, One page for 1 sub-criteria

Describe how leadership engaged key stakeholders to define project objectives and formulate strategy.

Provide details how outstanding achievement and/or innovation in project management best practice involved partners and suppliers.

B.1. 1     Leadership & Values

How leaders at all level involved people and act as role models for others to lead and manage? How the leaders and managers practiced values, approaches and created environment for project excellence? How were the project stakeholders cared? How were the stakeholders oriented towards project purpose and adapted to change?

B.1.2.      Objectives & Strategy

How project objectives were set and strategies were developed? How the needs, expectations and requirement of various stakeholders were taken into account? How continuously stakeholders were managed and their interests were catered?

B.1.3.      Project Team, Partners & Suppliers

How the competencies of staff from own organization, partners and suppliers were consciously identified and developed as per the requirement of projects? How the communication, mutual cooperation and environment of trust among key stakeholders were established?

B2: Reinforcement for Excellence | Maximum points: 2 x 50 = 100, One page for 1 sub-criteria

Describe what and how key processes and resources were managed.

B.2. 1.     Key processes

How the project identified and consciously used project management processes and management tools? How stakeholders were involved in selecting project management methods, processes and tools to meet specific requirement of project? How the project managed, evaluated and improved key processes?

B. 2.2.     Key resources

Explain how your project identified other key project delivery and support processes necessary for project success (design, engineering, logistics, safety, maintenance, handover, etc.)

B3: Proof of Excellence | Maximum points: 4 x 50 = 200, One page for 1 sub-criteria

Describe how expectations and demands of all parties involved were managed. Explain how management of the project was perceived by the customer, project team and other stakeholders.

B.3.1.     Customer Satisfaction

What are the customers’ / users’ perceptions about the project results in reference to the set objectives and value delivered?

B.3.2.     Project Team Satisfaction

What are the perceptions of the project team members about project result and the management practice?

B3.3.     Other Stakeholder Satisfaction

What are the perceptions of other stakeholders and their satisfaction throughout project life cycle?

B.3.4.     Project Results and Impact on Environment

How did the project consider the environmental issues during its implementation and post project phase? Are there any evidences of contribution to improve environmental impact?

C: Issues or Challenges | Maximum points: 2 x 100 = 200, One page for 1 issue or challenge

Describe how two significant project issues or challenges in reference to sub-criteria in B, C, and D above were managed. Provide examples why and when planned activities did not go as expected and what the team did to manage them.

D: Lessons Learnt | Maximum points: 2 x 100 = 200, One page for 1 lesson learnt

Describe two lessons learnt from this project that are applied in your organization in reference to sub-criteria in B, C, and D above.

Provide recommendations for improvement for future projects or phases. Additionally, discuss how these lessons learnt will facilitate outstanding achievement and/or innovation in future projects. Note: For all explanations and examples in the application, make sure to include relevant supporting documents, letters, photographs, etc.

Note: For all explanations and examples in the application, make sure to include relevant supporting documents, letters, photographs, etc.

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